Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Banana Chocolate chip muffins. One of the kid's favorites. I freeze them individually so they're easy to throw into lunch boxes.
In the recipe, I cut the sugar by half, use all whole wheat pastry flour, and only use 1/2 cup of chocolate chips... and no cinnamon chips. They're still sweet enough and Charlotte approved (my toughest customer).
Have a great week!
Monday, October 20, 2014
I made hummus this weekend and it was so good that I wanted to blog the recipe before I forgot how I made it. I don't claim that this recipe is traditional but it was delicious and very inexpensive so that's all that matters to me.
Roasted Garlic Hummus
1 can of garbanzo beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans
For each 1 1/2 cups of beans add:
*1/4 cup olive oil (or whatever oil you like)
*3/4 tsp. salt
*a few cloves of roasted garlic** (the whole head of garlic was enough for a quadruple batch of hummus)
*enough water (~1/4 cup) to blend smoothly
**directions on how to roast garlic here
Add everything to a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth. Serve or refrigerate until later.
My pound of dry garbanzo beans yielded 6 cups of cooked beans so I made a quadruple batch of hummus and froze some for later.
The best part is that the rest of my family doesn't like hummus so I get to eat all of this wonderful stuff all by myself!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
In an effort to keep up with my blog, I'll be bringing back the Weekly Chronicle.... a quick recap of the happenings from that week.
My camera died a month or so ago and I'm so grateful my sister loaned me her old one until we can save up for a new camera. Thanks, Katie!
I have the same breakfast every morning. This keeps my stomach from getting upset. I have a frozen smoothie based on a basic recipe but I change things up every once in a while. I always start with a frozen banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, a small spoonful of cocoa powder, and almond milk. Then I add whatever other fruits or vegetables I have in the freezer. The smooth above has some frozen spinach added. The smoothie below has a few cherries and some pumpkin puree. The smoothies are so good and keep me full for about 4 hours.
My whole life I've been operating under the assumption that I hate avocados. I don't know why. I was just sure of it... until this past week. I bought an avocado, toasted up some bread, spread 1/4 of the avocado on it and topped it with a good sprinkle of salt. It was delicious! Silly me. The avocado was so creamy and buttery. The salt on top is a must. It's my new favorite snack/lunch!
We're loving tortillas lately... as burritos, quesadillas, and even as a quick pizza crust. Yesterday I made a triple batch of whole wheat tortillas. Most of them will go in the freezer for a quick meal on a busy night.
Evan is sick this weekend with a headache and fever. He's couch surfing and watching as much TV as he wants (the rule in this house when you have a fever). Hopefully his fever will break soon and he'll be running around the house again.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Charlotte turned 10 yesterday. It's hard to believe our girl is a whole decade old. We had to buy two number candles for the first time this year. She was excited to be able to have a friend birthday party on her actual birthday.
Our Superheroes (with grumpy Batman #1 hiding behind Charlotte).
Charlotte had a great time and was completely exhausted after her party. She said she had a wonderful birthday. My superhero mission accomplished.
Happy Birthday, our wonderful girl!